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Wax 500 tissus

Wax 500 tissus


Author: Anne-Marie Bouttiaux
188 Pages
Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.3 x 25.5 cm
French language

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    Wax 500 tissus

    Last May, the Dior cruise show gave pride of place to the Wax. cultural appropriation? Difficult to answer this thorny question when we know the so mixed history of this fabric still associated today with the continent.

    Through a selection of 500 designs dated from 1895 to the present day, this work, published in May 2019, sheds significant light on the history of “Javanese batik” originated in the mid-19th century, then recovered by Dutch industrialists and later used in African culture. However, the latter will have difficulty defying Indonesian competition at the local level. They will therefore take advantage of the arrival of the sewing machine in Côte-de-l’Or (now Ghana), the author recalls, to export the so-called “Javanese” technique to Africa and adapt the compositions, initially figurative and floral, to African clients. .

    “The success of these first waxes is tremendous. Although Africa is a substitute market – by default, in a sense – for production initially destined for Asia.” Popularized in the 1970s by Nana Benz, these resellers from Togo who have become true entrepreneurs, colored fabrics are gradually adorned with messages that evoke West African society, who will soon adopt the fabric, declining it in all its forms within the female and male wardrobe.

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